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Old 02-10-2013, 09:27 AM   #71
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Custom Curtains

When I got my Airstream I knew it wouldn't be long before I added curtains to the windows that only had roll-down shades. The shades are nice but they leave gaps at the edges. My mother enjoys sewing and was happy to take on the challenge. The front pano curtains were made just like the ones from the factory and were more difficult than the others because they aren't just rectangular pieces of fabric. There are some deliberate curves in the lines to allow them to track correctly across the front.

The side and rear windows were much easier. All curtains were made with a blackout backing to keep the interior as dark as possible -- even when the neighbors leave the scare light on all night. The blackout lining has also helped to keep the interior cooler, too.

I had to purchase extra curtain track from my dealer along with the mounting brackets. The hardware to do the two side windows and the two bedroom windows was maybe $45. Pretty reasonable, really. Installation was easy using only a drill, screwdriver, and tape measure.

The fabric came from fabricguru.com and was an end-of-the-roll remnant but still first quality. It was labeled as "famous maker outdoor" which sounds like Sunbrella or something equivalent. It's very sturdy and I'm hoping it will not suffer too much from the effects of UV.

The addition of some color and pattern added some life to the interior. Overall, I'm very happy with the update.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:33 AM   #72
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when we got the 18ft 1960 airstream back after 25 years the interior was in the need for a face lift. sitting for 20+ years as storage and unknown years with mice. after 4 months of restoration with the goal to keep original it was time to decide on curtains. with only 3 small windows 1 on each end and one on the driver side.. I wanted a material that would pop and i wanted to stay with my atomic theme. we used 11 yards of fabric because we went with material on both sides
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:16 AM   #73
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Custom curtains

They look very nice. My wife has made many curtains for the other sob's we have had in the past. She had purchased a spray on the internet that was a UV protectant against the sun that she sprayed on them before hanging. It worked very well.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #74
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curtains

I collected a whole bunch of souvenir vintage handkerchiefs off of ebay for cheap. Evidently people collected them on their vacation travels. They have a very fifties vibe to them and although my trailer is a 1960, I think it has more of a fifties feel to it with it's pink bathroom sink(and toilet which unfortunately I had to toss). My sister Shelly and I brainstormed and came up with a perfect solution....curtains!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:48 PM   #75
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Super cute!! Great way to upcycle
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:54 PM   #76
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just wanted to let everyone know that united shades makes decent Rv shades. it's what I ended up going with due to having too tight of tolerances to install a bottom track for curtains.

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cheers. Ted



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Old 02-21-2013, 07:41 AM   #77
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Ted, real nice job on the interior! Thanks for sharing with the group...

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:14 AM   #78
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thanks art. lots of good people on the forums here have contributed to all of our successes. cheers. ted
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #79
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are there any how-to's or good posts on how to use the tracks and hardware on curtains? I'm looking at VTS and just don't know what tracks to buy. i want to do the triple pleated ones but i need them to be able to have a top and ottom track, not hanging freely.
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steve at VTS can give you good advice. sounds like you just need to install two tracks top and bottom. cheers. Ted
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:20 AM   #81
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"T" or "G" clips? The big question...

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are there any how-to's or good posts on how to use the tracks and hardware on curtains? I'm looking at VTS and just don't know what tracks to buy. i want to do the triple pleated ones but i need them to be able to have a top and ottom track, not hanging freely.
You probably know that there are a few options. AS models have come with "T" clips and "G" clips to hold curtains in the tracks - some curtain configurations even use both T's and Gs (top and bottom). The names indicate the "shape" of the clips. We've converted our '85 Sovereign to use "G" clips on the top and bottom tracks because we had more "G" clips available when we made the curtains. Steve, at VTS has both available - or at least used to. VTS clip come with the elastic connector - you just need to sew them in place.

Good luck - curtains really add a lot to the interior! ...and have fun!

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:13 AM   #82
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This is a really great thread. I'm starting on the curtains for our AS this week.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:38 PM   #83
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First set of curtains complete. More to come!

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #84
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My wife decided she wanted roller shades. You can see it on the right, and one with a cover she made for them on the left.

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